Philips 40PFL9705 review

A bit small for 3D, but nothing touches this TV for image quality

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Philips has bundled its PTA 3D upgrade pack – comprising two sets of active shutter 3D glasses and a 3D transmitter – with the 40PFL9705. This is a wise move, because no corners (Freeview HD notwithstanding) should be cut on a £1,800 TV.

The XpanD-made glasses come with three interchangeable nose grips and are certainly lighter than most, though 'best 3D glasses' is a rather empty title at present.

Whether you can excuse the 40PFL9705's lack of BBC One HD, ITV 1 HD and BBC HD et al is another matter entirely, but the standard digital tuner is impressive. An eight-day electronic programme guide is easy to use, but while it fits in stylistically with the 40PFL9705's user interface, it's not nearly as attractive as on other digital TVs. There's also a channel list presented as a grid, again, in keeping with the overall feel of the TV.

Hidden far away in the settings menu is the full suite of picture processing Philips calls Perfect Pixel HD, some of the major features of which should probably be more prominent – perhaps Perfect Natural Motion, 400Hz Clear LCD and the Surround sound option should have dedicated shortcuts either (much) higher-up in the interface, or on the remote.

The latter would partially spoil what is one of the loveliest remote controls ever made. Rounded, metallic and soft to the touch, Philips – unlike most manufacturers – clearly spends a bit of money on its remotes

Digital file support from a USB stick or external hard-disk drive is pretty good. MP3 and WMA music plays, while photos are restricted to JPEG only. Video is well covered, with the 40PFL9705 playing virtually everything we threw at it; DivX (AVI), DivX HD (MKV), MP4 and MPEG all play.

The only files it tripped-up on were WMV HD, MOV and AVCHD (M2TS and MTS) files – the latter from HD camcorders, which could be an issue for some. When attached to a Mac on the same network, the 40PFL9705 managed to stream DivX (AVI) and MP4 video files only.

Net TV may have some new content, but it's so slow to respond and refresh. The open web browser is just as frustrating; without Flash or other plug-ins, the kind of video-rich websites you'll most likely want to view on the 40PFL9705 just won't work.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product Family9000
3D Type3D Ready
Brand NamePhilips
Screen Size101.6 cm (40")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle176°
Vertical Viewing Angle176°
Memory Card ReaderYes
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)22 kg
Backlight TechnologyDirect LED
VESA Mount Standard200 x 300
Standby Power Consumption150 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio10,000,000:1
RMS Output Power30 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.4
DVIYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand632 mm
Width with Stand955 mm
Depth with Stand240 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
3D TechnologyShutter
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD)
Height596 mm
Width955 mm
Depth69 mm
Brightness500 cd/m²
Sound SystemSurround Sound
Product Series9000
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesChild Lock, Ambient Lighting, Auto Program, Channel Labeling, Favorite Channel Selection, Teletext
ManufacturerPhilips Electronics
Product Model40PFL9705H
Product Name40PFL9705H 40" LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part Number40PFL9705H/12
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.philips.co.uk
Marketing Information

Be enthralled by the immersive power of Ambilight. Featuring the stunning Perfect Pixel HD engine, LED Pro and powerful sound, movies really come to life in your living room. Experience a rich selection of online services with Net TV.

Package Contents
  • 40PFL9705H LED-LCD TV
  • Remote Control
Response Time500 µs
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)20 kg